Scottish Terrier – Disease Predisposition

Scottish Terrier


Cardiovascular conditions

Pulmonic stenosis

Dermatological conditions

Generalised demodicosis
  • Scottish Terriers are among the ten breeds at highest statistical risk of this disease in the Cornell, USA population
Familial vasculopathy
Scrotal vascular nevus

Haematological/immunological conditions

Immune-mediated thrombocytopaenia
Von Willebrand’s disease
  • This breed is affected by type III disease
Haemophilia B

Infectious conditions


Musculoskeletal conditions

Craniomandibular osteopathy

Neoplastic conditions

Mast cell tumours
  • Possible breed predisposition
  • Breed predisposition

• Average age 8–9 years

Canine cutaneous histiocytoma

Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin
Lymphosarcoma (malignant lymphoma)
  • Higher incidence noted in this breed

Neurological conditions

Congenital deafness
Muscle cramping (‘Scottie cramp’)

Ocular conditions

Lens luxation
  • Inheritance suspected
  • Inheritance suspected

Physiological conditions

  • Accepted as breed standard

Reproductive conditions

  • Breed predisposition due to the combinationof a narrow pelvis and large head/wide shoulders

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